Jerry Lawler Halloween car accident
WWE Hall of Famer and Thursday Night Smackdown commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler was involved in an auto collision, but fortunately walked away unharmed.
The accident took place just before 9 pm, Saturday October 31st, in Lawler’s home town of Memphis, Tennessee at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Mendenhall Road.
The King told WMC Action News 5 that he and his girlfriend Lauryn were out getting pizza after looking after the trick-or-treaters who visited their home.
“We were coming home to catch the end of the University of Memphis game,” he said. “I was sitting at a red light at a busy intersection not a minute from my house. (…) I got the green arrow to make a left turn. I started making the turn and I saw the car coming, not slowing down at all. The driver ran a red light.”
The other vehicle, driven by a woman identified by police as 21 year-old Melanie Baum, hit Lawler’s car nearly head-on. Baum was found not to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. She was given a ticket for disregarding a red light.
Lawler walked away unharmed. His girlfriend Lauryn was not as lucky.
“Lauryn was in the ER for four hours,” Lawler reported on Sunday. “Her face is really, really swollen on the left side. They also put her in a leg brace and knee immobilizer. I think she has a concussion because this morning when she got up, she fell down and saw stars and black spots.”
Despite the severity of the crash and the damages sustained to both Lauryn and his car, Lawler considers himself fortunate.
Following the accident, Lawler took photos of the wreck and commented via Twitter:
“@Lauryn911 and I were lucky things weren’t worse than they were last night. My car not so lucky.”
No word yet on whether or not Jerry “The King” will grace the announce desk on this week’s episode of Smackdown.
Lawler is the most decorated living WWE wrestler, having held a grand total of 168 championships throughout his career, which began in 1970.
Although he is retired from the WWE roster, he regularly wrestles on independent circuits. In fact, he fought a match against Terry Funk on October 24th, a week before his accident, at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tennessee.
Lawler has lived in Memphis most of his life. He even ran for mayor twice, once in 1999 and again a decade later. His platform focused on, among other things, making the streets safer for residents and improving traffic flow.